B.Tech. student wins first-ever 'Next Great Innovator Challenge' with RBC

July 31, 2013

I’m inspired by the talent and spirit of innovation of our Faculty of Engineering students.  Their accomplishments instill a tremendous sense of pride in our academic programs.

The innovative Bachelor of Technology Program is at the intersection of a strong technical foundation, a multi-faceted business and management education, and twelve months of co-operative education experience.  Mugdha Mulay, a third-year B.Tech. – Process Automation Technology student, embodies the best qualities of this program and we are proud to share her story. 

Congratulations, Mugdha on your achievements!  You are a credit to the Faculty of Engineering.

Ishwar K. Puri
Dean of Engineering

Late last month, RBC hosted its Next Great Innovator Challenge — a 24-hour prototyping marathon that challenged young students to come up with the next great idea for RBC to implement in their business.

More than 150 postsecondary students from 23 institutions across Canada competed to build an innovative prototype for a mobile, tablet, web or desktop app that utilizes the power of social media to seamlessly integrate banking into the daily lives of banking clients.

The winning team, including third-year Engineering student Mugdha Mulay, took home $5,000 and were given a unique chance to display their talents in front of senior executives and judges.

Mugdha was recruited to participate on the winning team through a Facebook group of current RBC co-operative education students.  She is currently on an eight-month co-op work term at RBC in the role of Technical Systems Analyst, a role which has confirmed her future career trajectory in the IT field, ideally working at a technical start-up.  The computer programming skills coupled with the entrepreneurship knowledge and team skills she gained through the B.Tech. Program, contributed to her success on the winning team. 

Jamal Deen

(L to R) Harpreet Singh, Mugdha Mulay, Matthew Clark, Christina Shan and Alvin Lee

"Participating in the RBC Next Great Innovators Challenge has been a wonderful experience," said Mulay. "Being part of a team comprised of students from different universities and colleges, collaboration was a key component in being successful. As a team, we were eager to learn and make the most of the opportunity provided to us."

Mulay's winning app was created for the Android operating system. The team's prototype focused on transferring money, product and educational information between mobile devices by tapping them together.


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